WhatsApp users will finally be able to send documents with each other over chats. The feature is now available on the latest WhatsApp builds available on Google Play and the App Store. Users with WhatsApp version 2.12.453 on Android and version 2.12.14 on iOS will now see a new ‘Document’ section under attachments, which allows them to attach and share documents.
In a chat on Android, you tap the attachment icon then press the new “Document” icon that appears. (To make room for the option on the pop-up window, WhatsApp compressed “Photo” and “Video” sharing options into one “Camera” option instead.)
On iOS, you tap the arrow icon in the chat then pick “Share Document” from the menu that appears. At launch, users are able to select documents from cloud storage services including Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and others, but the feature is unfortunately limited to only PDF files at this time.
If the recipient hasn’t upgraded to the latest version of WhatsApp, document sharing won’t work either, we found in tests. (The app will tell you that the contact has to “update WhatsApp to receive documents.”)
The feature will have direct consumer benefits as well for things like sharing flyers, e-tickets, scans, and other PDFs of a more personal nature.
And because WhatsApp has been invested in end-to-end encryption on its network, the documents shared on its service will be protected. The feature is arriving now on both iOS and Android, though not yet Windows Phone.